A detailed introduction to the healthcare system of Arunachal Pradesh
The health care system in Arunachal Pradesh delivers healthcare utilities and services through both public and private parties, as well as from various NGOs. The health ministry in Arunachal Pradesh is presently headed by Hon’ble Minister Shri Alo Libang, followed by Hon’ble MLA Shri Goruk Pordung as Adviser to Health Minister and Shri P. Parthiban, IAS as Secretary (H&FW), Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh is responsible for administrating and corresponding to the functions of the five Directorates under its wing.
Directorates under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh
1- Directorate of Health Services (DHS)
The Directorate of Health Services oversees the provision, institution, administration, regulation and monitoring of medical and health institutions in the state as well as dealing with the infrastructure, medical education, food safety and drug control, monitoring and implementation of various programs related to public health and disease control.
Dr. Moromor Lego
Director of Health Services
2- Directorate of Family Welfare (DFW)
It deals with matters related to all family welfare programs, coordination with NRHM/NHM, executing Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI), Reproductive & Child Health (RCH), Maternal & Child Health Programs and other national programs being carried out by Family Welfare Division of Government of India.
Directorate of Health Services, MCH&FW (Maternal and Child Health and Family Welfare), Government of Arunachal Pradesh became an independent body in 2012 to focus exclusively on the issues relating to Health Programmes, Women’s Programmes and Child Development Programmes. It is responsible for monitoring and commissioning of the centrally sponsored schemes carried out in the state that caters to the health requirements of women and children.
Dr. Emi Rumi
Director (Family Welfare)
3- Directorate of Medical Education(T&R)
The Directorate of Medical Education, Training & Research under the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh has been functioning since 2013. It is liable for addressing the matters relating to medical education, such as medical colleges, regional pharmacy colleges, paramedical education, nursing institutes under government and private sector, etc. Under this directorate, the combined counseling for admission in MBBS, BDS seats of state quota and different paramedical courses, GNM and ANM are also conducted.
Dr. R. D Khrimey
Director (Medical Education)
4- Directorate of (TRIHMS)
Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science is the first full-pleged medical college under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. It aims to train and produce skilled and qualified physicians through quality education, teaching medical ethics, patient care and advancing medical research. It is responsible for creating the highest quality of comprehensive healthcare at an affordable cost and an outstanding integrated healthcare system in the state.
Dr. Moji Jini
5- Mission Directorate (National Health Mission)
The National Health Mission (NHM) is a National effort at ensuring a positive healthcare system through a spectrum of interventions at grassroots levels. This Mission is an attempt to deliver immediate and effective health care to the people, especially to the rural population. Its responsibility is to create universal and easy access to quality public health services such as Women’s health, child’s health and development, water, sanitation & hygiene, immunization, and Nutrition for all the poor and disadvantaged groups.
Sh. C. R Khampa, APCS (AG)
Mission Director (NHM)
In an attempt to ease the general public from various ailments and money-related issues associated with health, the government of India has constituted a myriad of strategies and initiatives to generate benefits for the distressed citizens. However, many denizens have never heard of the benefits that the Central and the State government is offering. We have put up a list of important schemes that one can easily avail and have access to. Here are some of the active government-mandated benefits that one can avail of.
Central and State-sponsored initiatives
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana & Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) & Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY) are the initiatives of Central & State Govt. respectively. PMJAY was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi envisaging universal healthcare for all by 2030. It is the world’s largest health insurance scheme that aims to provide an amount of Rs 5 Lakhs per year/per member to poor and destitute families.
CMAAY was implemented by the Chief Minister Arogya Arunachal Society with the idea to provide quality and cashless healthcare services to poor tribal citizens of the state upto a limit of Rs 5 lakh. Citizens can avail up to Rs 1 lakh for secondary treatment and Rs 4 lakh for tertiary treatment. Around 23 different treatment processes will be covered under this scheme. All the beneficiaries of CMAAY can avail the benefit of cashless treatment from any empanelled hospital under this scheme.
Dulari Kanya Yojana
This scheme aims to facilitate the birth of a girl child. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 20,000/- shall be deposited in the fixed deposit Bank Account ( Minor Account) of the girl child born in any government hospital or government-recognised private hospital. The maturity amount can then be withdrawn by the beneficiary on attaining the age of 18 years, which will be verified and disbursed by the concerned DMO of the respective areas.
Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP)
SNP is aimed at ensuring wholesome nutrition for pregnant mothers and children. Under this scheme, nutritious food is served to vulnerable children (0-6 years) and pregnant and lactating mothers at Anganwadi Centres, assisted by Anganwadi workers & helpers under the supervision of Gram-Sevikas and Supervisors/ Extension officers.
INTENSIFIED MISSION INDRADHANUSH-2.0
Intensified Mission Indradhanush-2.0 under the Health and Family Welfare Department was launched on 2nd December 2019 and continued upto March 2nd, 2020. The objective was to reach the unreached by assuring immunization to children & pregnant women across the state. Under this initiative, 90%-97% of full-immunization coverage for children between 0-2 years of age and pregnant women was covered in four rounds at 18 identified districts in Arunachal Pradesh.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP)
To ensure the safety and well being of the families affected, PMGKP was launched as an insurance scheme that covered loss of life due to COVID-19 and accidental death on account of COVID-19 related duty. Under the PMGKP scheme, Rs 50 lakh has been disbursed as compensation to the families of deceased healthcare workers who lost their precious lives while attending to patients during the pandemic.
Healthcare Centres and Education Institutions
As of 2018, the state consisted of some 122 Primary Health Centers, 62 Community Health Centers, 15 Sub-District/Divisional Hospitals, and 199 District Hospitals according to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of India.
Check out the list of healthcare centres compiled by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh
We have 1 government-mandated medical institute TRIHMS, established in the year 2018 providing full-time MBBS courses since. Apart from that, Arunachal Pradesh has various institutions providing medical studies aside from MBBS. Check the lists of institutions in the health sector curated by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Also, there are several NGOs that voluntarily provide aid to the distress, such as the renowned AVYS (Arunachal Pradesh Vivekananda Yuva Shakti) for blood donation. Here’s a list of NGOs in the health sector of Arunachal Pradesh one can look for assistance.
The Department of Health and Family Welfare Department, Government Of Arunachal Pradesh is committed to providing easy, affordable, accessible and quality health services to the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh. In order to attain the goal, the state is actively taking measures to elevate the health and welfare of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with their active participation, and by building partnerships between the public, private and voluntary health institutions, and other developmental sectors. The state government is continuously working towards preparing better measures and implementing initiatives for immediate effects and positive outcomes in the Health and Welfare sector of Arunachal Pradesh.